DVD: Pelican Blood (4 stars)

DVD Review: Pelican Blood

Suicide and competitive bird-watching meet in dark drama from Irish director

(15) 94min
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Irish indie director Karl Golden’s second feature is more raw and vicious than his 2003 debut The Honeymooners. Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control) plays Nikko, a suicidal young man whose low-key daily routine of bird watching is shattered by the reappearance of his bad influence ex-girlfriend Stevie (Emma Booth). Despite all the unlikely twitching drama, at its bare bones this is an anti-love story. While Nikko obsessively ticks off the 500 birds he has allowed himself to spot before taking his life, Stevie eggs him on, her coldness jarring with his ever-present vulnerability.

Booth plays unattainable bitchiness with a shocking believability, while Treadaway’s Nikko, careening towards a seemingly inevitable climax, is heartbreaking. Golden teases the audience, stopping this ticking time bomb with a sudden soaring twist that flips the film sideways, thus propelling it into something else.

Minimal extras.

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